GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Strinesdale Reservoir and Country Park

1 miles (2 km)

This circular walk explores the Strinesdale Country Park and reservoirs in Oldham.
In the park you'll find two pretty reservoirs with two colour coded walking trails to follow. There's also woodland trails, meadows and nice views of the surrounding countryside to enjoy.
You can start the walk from the car park and visitor centre at the southern end of the site. As you make your way around the lakes look out for various birds including Heronsandkestrels. The trail runs for just over a mile so should take around 30-45 minutes to complete.
The Medlock Valley Way runs right through the park. You could extend your walk by picking up this waymarked trail and following it south to the River Medlock and the pretty Daisy Nook Country Park.


OL4 2JJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Strinesdale Reservoir and Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Strinesdale Reservoir and Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the east of the park there's The Roebuck Inn for some post walk refreshments. You can find them at postcode OL4 3RB for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The lakeside and woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners with their pets on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles south east and you could continue your waterside walking at the popular Dovestone Reservoir and Greenfield Reservoir. The climb to the splendid viewpoint at Dovestone Rocks is also located in this area.
Just to the north you can pick up the Crompton Circuit and enjoy a circular walk around Shaw and Crompton Moor.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.


Strinesdale - - 2251137

Strinesdale reservoir view. The original reservoirs were built in 1828 and the erected plaque can be seen at Upper Strinesdale. Later in the early 1990s, these reservoirs were drained and replaced by two smaller lakes with the old reservoir sites being planted with trees and grassland.

Walkers at Lower Strine Dale Reservoir - - 2302

Walkers crossing the footbridge at Lower Strine Dale Reservoir. Located near Barrowshaw, Waterhead, east of Oldham.

Strinesdale Upper Reservoir - - 2251257

Upper Reservoir

Roebuck Inn and Restaurant, Strinesdale - - 2257795

Roebuck Inn and Restaurant, Strinesdale

Strine Dale, Waterhead - - 315475

Looking north over the small reservoir close to the Visitor Centre car park. Houses at Moorside can be seen on the skyline left of shot.

Medlock Valley Way - - 2251455

Medlock Valley Way path on the western side of the site.


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